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Andy Ross Agency Selected Titles

David Dayen. Chain of Title: How 3 Forclosure Victims Uncovered the Largest Consumer Swindle in American History.  A David and Goliath story about 3 Floridians, ordinary people, homowners in foreclosure, who read their mortgage documents and expose how banks and finance companies sought to seize millions of homes using false documents.  

Winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize

To be published by New Press. May, 2016

Rights - New Press: UK and translation. Andy Ross Agency: Film/TV/Performance.     

Leonard Shlain. Leonardo's Brain: Understanding Da Vinci's Creative Genius. The best selling author of Art and Physics attempts to explain the singularity of Leonardo's genius by employing contemporary state-of-the-art left-right brain research.

Published by Lyons Press. October, 2014

Rights: World: Lyons Press. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

Peter Richardson. No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of The Grateful Dead.  This book is more of a cultural history than a fan's book. No Simple Highway vividly recounts the Dead's colorful history and probes the riddle of the Dead's unique and durable appeal. Arguing that the band successfully tapped three powerful utopian ideals - ecstasy, mobility, and community - it also shows that the Dead's lived experience with these ideals and their consequences was complex and paradoxical. 

Published by Saint Martin's Press. January, 2015

Rights - Territory (UK and translation) and Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency. Sub rights: St. Martin's Press     

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson.  Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Can Teach  Us About  the Origins of Good and Evil.  This book is both a summation of Jeff's 30 years of thought about the emotional life of animals and an audacious attempt to integrate those insights into a new interpretation of the origins of evil in human history. The book begins with a comparison of the two supreme creatures at the top of the food chain: Orcas and humans. He points out several incontrovertible facts: 1)There are no documented attacks of humans by Orcas living in the wild. 2) The number of Orcas killed by other Orcas throughout history is zero. 3) The number of Orcas killed by humans is not known, but is many thousands at least. 4) The number of humans killed by other humans in the 20th century alone is somewhere around 180 million.  From these facts, the author asks a deceptively simple but immensely profound question: "What happened to us? "

Published by Bloomsbury Press. March, 2014

Rights - World and Sub rights: Bloomsbury USA. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

Other Titles By Jeffrey Masson: Dogs Make Us Human and The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving

Anjanette Delgado. The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho. A novel of magical realism by the 2 time International Latino Book Award winner. Mariela Estevez-Valdez, living in Miami in the heart of Little Havana, finds that her gift of clairvoyance doesn't help her to disengage from relationships with unavailable men. When she finds her current lover dead, probably murdered, she teams up with his ghost to discover the killer.

Published by Kensington Books. August, 2014

Rights - World (except for Spanish Language):Kensington Books. World Spanish: Santillana USA. Film/tv/performance: Andy Ross Agency.

Randall Platt. Incommunicado..Finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Young Adult Fiction, a middle grade novel about a young teen living on the Oregon coast at the beginning of World War 2 and her efforts to protect her stepfather, a Japanese American, from being relocated to a detention camp.

To be published by Skyhorse Press. November, 2014

Rights - World : Skyhorse Press. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

Tawni Waters. Beauty of the Broken. A debut  young adult novel. In this coming of age story, 16 year old Mara Stonebrook discovers her blossoming lesbian passion for the new girl in school as she struggles and triumphs over a violant and abusive father and an intolerant and homophobic community.

Winner of the 2015 International Reading Association Book Award for Best Young Adult Debut Novel

Published by Simon Pulse Books.  August, 2014

Rights - World Book Rights: Simon and Schuster. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

Michael Parenti. God and His Demons.  Michael Parenti brings his critical acumen and rhetorical skills to bear on the dark side of religion, from the many evils committed in the name of holy causes throughout history to the vast hypocrisies of its unworthy advocates past and present.  Parenti's focus is the heartless exploitation of faithful followers by those in power, as well as sectarian intolerance, the violence against heretics and nonbelievers, and the reactionary political and economic collusion that has often prevailed between the upper echelons of church and state.

"God and His Demonsis filled with sparkling insights, sly wit, and beautiful writing of a kind we have come to expect from Michael Parenti. A riveting read that I recommend to all." --Julia Scheeres, author of Jesus Land

Published by Prometheus Books. March, 2010

Rights - Territory and Sub rights: Prometheus Books. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman. The Jersey Sting: A True Story of Corrupt Jersey Pols, Money Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys,and the Informant Who Brought it allDown. The real story behind the biggest corruption bust in New Jersey's notoriously corrupt history. Among the forty-four people arrested in July 2009 were three mayors, five Orthodox rabbis, two state legislators, and the flamboyant deputy mayor of Jersey City, once a stripper using the stage name "Hope Diamond". At the center of it all was a dubious character named Solomon Dwek, who perpetrated a $50 million Ponzi scheme before copping a plea and wearing a wire as a secret FBI undercover informant, setting up friends, partners, rabbis, and dozens of politicians. 

http://www.thejerseysting.com/

Published by St. Martin's Press.  March, 2011

Rights -  Sub rights: St. Martin's Press. Territory: North America. St. Martin's Press. All other rights: Andy Ross Agency

Mary Jo McConahay. Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest. In Maya Roads, McConahay draws upon her three decades of traveling and living in Central America's remote landscapes to create a fascinating chronicle of the people, politics, archaeology, and species of the Central American rainforest, the cradle of Maya civilization.

Winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Travel Writing. Winner of the 2012 Northern California Book Award for Creative Non-fiction.

Published by Chicago Review Press, August 2011

Rights - Sub rights: World Spanish: Andy Ross Agency. Movie/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency. All others: Chicago Review Press.

http://www.maryjomcconahay.com/

David Sedlak. Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Most Precious Resource.  This book examines the most common and essential, but frequently taken for granted,  element in our lives. It looks at its history beginning with ancient Rome, its chemistry, the story of how it is treated and  delivered to our homes, and the challenges and changes that will be required to accommodate a growing world population. The author is Professor of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley specializing in environmental chemistry and water quality engineering.

Winner of the 2014 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) in Engineering & Technology

Published by Yale University Press. January, 2014

Rights - All rights: Yale University Press

http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/~sedlak/links-media.shtml

Tawni Waters. The Long Ride Home . 18 year old Juliet Warphol - Harley-, has accidentally set fire to her house killing her mother. This YA novel tells how Harley and her friend/lover, Dean, get on Harley's motor cycle and travel from Los Angeles to return her mother's ashes to the sea in New York. In the course of the novel, Harley realizes she is pregnant with Dean's child. Because of her PTSD precipitated by the accident, she drives Dean away and struggles over whether she should have an abortion, keep the child, or put the child up for adoption. She also learns in the course of the story that her mother faced similar choices during her own pregnancy. Tawni Waters is the winner of the 2014 International Literacy Association YA Award.

Published by Sourcebooks.  September, 2017

Rights -  World book rights: Sourcebooks. Film/TV/Performance rights: The Andy Ross Agency

Paul Krassner. Who's to Say What's Obscene. Paul Krassner was founder and editor of The Realist, one of the most popular magazines of the Sixties Counter Culture. Indeed, Krassner is one of the great iconic figures of this period. Unlike many people associated with the Sixties, Paul continues his vision and his unique satirical style.  Which is alternately hilarious, biting, vulgar, and always intelligent. The project we are working on includes recent articles and essays by Paul on comedy, drugs, freedom of speech, and other reflections on culture.

Published by City Lights Publications in July, 2009

Rights: All rights: City Lights Books

http://paulkrassner.com/

Daniel Boyarin. The Jewish Gospels. Guiding us through a rich tapestry of new discoveries and ancient scriptures, Daniel Boyarin's scrupulously researched account argues that the coming of the Messiah was fully imagined in the ancient Jewish texts. Jesus, moreover, was embraced by many Jews, and his core teachings were not at all a break from Jewish beliefs and teachings.

Published by New Press. March, 2012

Rights - Territory and Sub rights: New Press. Movie/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

John Marlow. Make Your Story a Movie. Everything the writer needs to know about adapting books to film. Author John Robert Marlow has interviewed book authors, playwrights, comic book creators and publishers, as well as Hollywood screenwriters, producers and directors responsible for adapting fictional and true stories into Emmy-winning TV shows, Oscar-winning films, billion-dollar megahits and smaller independents. Then he talked to the entertainment attorneys who made the deals.This book contains the distilled experience of creators, storytellers and others whose works have earned over $50 billion worldwide.

 Published by Saint Martin's Press. December, 2012

Rights -  Sub rights: St. Martin's Press. Territory: North America. St. Martin's Press. All other rights: Andy Ross Agency

Gerald Nachman. Showstoppers!: The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway's Most Remarkable songs.  Showstoppers! is all about Broadway musicals' most memorable numbers, why they were so effective, how they were created, and why they still resonate told through the eyes of the performers, songwriters, directors, and choreographers who first built these explosive numbers. Gerald Nachman interviewed dozens of iconic musical theater figures, including Patti LuPone, John Raitt, Jerry Herman, Dick Van Dyke, Joel Grey, Marvin Hamlisch, and Harold Prince, uncovering priceless untold anecdotes and details.

Published by Chicago Review Press. November, 2016

Rights - World, sub rights: Chicago Review Press. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

Mary Thompson-Jones. To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America' Foreign Policy Disconnect The author is a former diplomat and director of the International Relations Program at Northeastern University. The book describes the life of American diplomats taken from the material in the Wikileaks cables.

To be published by W. W. Norton. January, 2016

Rights - Book, territory, and sub rights: W. W. Norton. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

Michele Anna Jordan. Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings: 60 Sensational Recipes. James Beard Award Winner Michele Anna Jordan has been perfecting her dressing-making craft over several decades as a chef, food columnist, and cookbook author. While the emphasis is on dressings for green salads, there are ample ideas for other uses, such as for potato salads, fruit salads, and salads that include meats or fish. There's also a bonus chapter with thirteen basic "foundation" salads.   

Published by Harvard Common Press. April, 2013

Rights - All rights: Harvard Common Press

Other Titles by Michele Anna Jordan: More Than Meatballs, Good Cook's Book of Oil and Vinegar, Good Cook's Book of Salt and Pepper, Good Cook's Book of Mustard.

http://www.micheleannajordan.com/Home.html

Beth Hensperger. The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook. Over 200,000 copies sold. The best and best selling cookbook for your bread machine. Includes 300 recipes.

Published by Harvard Common Press. April, 2000

Rights - All rights: Harvard Common Press / The Andy Ross Agency

Other Titles by Beth Hensperger: The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, Not Your Mother's Microwave Cookbook, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, Not Your Mothers Slow Cooker Recipes for Two

Andrei Lankov. The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia. The author is a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul and one of the world's most prominent scholars of North Korea. Lankov presents a picture of North Korea that is different and more complex than the  stories we read about in the media. He discusses its history; he describes the internal workings of its government;  he explains the  not always irrational motives that drive its  international policies; he assesses the personalities of the leaders of history's  only communist monarchy, and he gives informed speculation on the likely future of the country under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.

Published by  Oxford University Press. May, 2013. 

Rights - All rights: Oxford University Press

Daniel Ellsberg. The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Before the Pentagon Papers, before Watergate, Daniel Ellsberg worked in the U. S. national security system at the highest levels on  command and control of nuclear weapons.  The American Doomsday Machine is a memoir of that time. It will tell the shocking story of the secret plan developed by the U.S. government and approved by the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff that would launch a nuclear strike against Russia and China that the government knew would kill 600,000,000 people. 

To be published by Bloomsbury Press. date not set

Rights - Territory and Sub rights: Bloomsbury Press. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

http://www.ellsberg.net/

Julie Reynolds. Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang.. Prize winning journalist and Nieman Fellow Julie Reynolds tells the "fly on the wall" story of America's largest Latino gang and the botched efforts of the FBI to dismantle it."

Published by Chicago Review Press. September, 2014

Rights - Territory and Sub rights: Chicago Review Press. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

Jennifer Buhl. Shooting Stars: My Unexpected Life Photographing Hollywood's Most Famous. For 3 years Jennifer Buhl was a Paparazzi, one of the 5 women in a profession driven by testosterone. This is her story filled with action, humor, and lots of celebrity tittle-tattle. It also gives us an honest window into the culture of celebrity.

Published by Sourcebooks.  March, 2014

Rights - World English rights: Sourcebooks. Translation, Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency / NBC-Universal

Elisa Kleven and Isabel Wilner. B is for Bethlehem: A Christmas Alphabet. Gorgeous Christmas ABC book with illustrations by award winning best selling children's illustrator, Elisa Kleven.

Published by Worthy Publications.  September, 2015

Rights - Worthy Publications: World book rights. Film/TV/Performance: Andy Ross Agency

Dr. Steven Hatch. Snowball in a Blizzard: Signal, Noise, and Uncertainty in Modern Medicine.  This book explains why doctors don't often "know" what they are doing with any kind of mathematical precision. Writing with sparkling style and wit, this book will explain the fallacies of medical science to the rest of us.  

Published by Basic Books. February, 2016

Rights - Basic Books: World book rights. Andy Ross Agency: Film/TV/Performance.     

Milton Viorst. Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal.  The first complete history of Zionism in 40 years. Viorst describes how Zionism evolved from a secular vision into a doctrine infused with chauvinism and religious ardor.  

To be published by Thomas Dunne Books. March, 2016

Rights - Macmillan Publishing: World book rights. Andy Ross Agency: Film/TV/Performance.     

Andy Ross. Ask the Agent:Night Thoughts on Writing and Book Publishing.Ask the Agent, the e-book, is now available for purchase in both Kindle and epub editions. This book contains the best selections from Andy's "Ask the Agent" blog as well as new material. It includes lots of agent advice for writers on getting published, thoughts about writing and publishing, and Andy's recollections of his 30 years as owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley

Published by The Andy Ross Agency.  April, 2013

Rights - All rights: Andy Ross Agency

Mary Jo McConahay. Tango War: the Allies and the Axis in Latin America, 1935-1945.   The suspenseful and dramatic story, never before told, of the secret race between the Allies and the Axis to secure the allegiance and natural resources of Latin America before and during the Second World War.  

To be published by Saint Martin's Press. date not set

Rights - MacMillan: World book rights. Andy Ross Agency: Film/TV/Performance.     

Randall Platt. The Girl Who Wouldn't Die.   A young adult novel. The setting is Warsaw, 1940. Abra, a 17 year old Jewish girl, estranged from her wealthy family, is living on the streets of Warsaw trying to survive the brutal life during the German occupation. In the course of the novel, she meets and develops a complicated and wary friendship with a German SS officer, who has his own secrets and inner conflicts.  

To be published by Sky Horse Press. May, 2017

Rights - Skyhorse Press: World book rights. Andy Ross Agency: Film/TV/Performance.     

Dr. Steven Hatch. Inferno: A Doctor's Ebola Story.   A physician's memoir of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. It describes the life of an Ebola Treatment Unit at the height of the epidemic in October 2014, when patients were felled by the hundreds each week and families and whole communities were torn apart at the seams.  

To be published by Saint Martin's Press. March, 2017

Rights - MacMillan: World book rights. Andy Ross Agency: Film/TV/Performance.     

Ralph Gleason. Edited by Toby Gleason. Music in the Air: The Selected Writings of Ralph Gleason. The first collection of writings by legendary rock and jazz critic and co-founder of Rolling Stone Magazine, Ralph Gleason  .

To be published by Yale University Press. May, 2016

Rights - Yale University Press: (UK and translation). Andy Ross Agency: Film/TV/Performance.